This is a true life submission from a dear friend. The prayer is that her story encourages us to hold on for God is not man that He should lie; neither the son of man that he should repent; hath he said and shall not do it? or hath he spoken and shall he not make it good? For His words say that we shall be as a fruitful vine and our children like olive plants shall surround our table.
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I got married in 2012 and got pregnant the same month. Our plan was to wait for at least six months before embarking on that journey but it happened. While still in the first trimester, I was already looking like one in her 3rd trimester because my legs and face were swollen and my nose was big. Things turned out differently towards the end of 2nd trimester. I occasionally would see flashes of light, felt dizzy and had headache too. It turned out to be pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure in pregnancy) and the best language pre-eclampsia understands is to remove the baby. Here I was trying to protect my baby while the Doctors were trying to save my life. My blood pressure kept increasing despite the amount of injection that was given to bring it down. I had no choice than to opt for a Cesarean section. My baby was only 28 weeks old and from what I heard 28 weeks old babies do survive so I was encouraged. The operation was successful. Baby came out small and that was as a result of the high blood pressure as this prevents oxygen from getting to the baby. Baby’s lungs were not fully developed and so he had difficulties in breathing. He was kept in the incubator but unfortunately he didn’t pull through the 5th day. Ohh how painful it was, recovering from the pain of a cesarean section without the sight of your baby. God helped me through that phase. My family, friends and loved ones were there for me too and I was able to pull through.
The next baby came after 2 years. I remember always looking forward to a missed cycle and would feel unhappy when it eventually flows but I kept my faith intact. The 2nd journey was challenging because of blood pressure issues again plus high sugar levels. I had to put in a whole lot to manage the pregnancy. I was on anti-hypertensive drugs and was also placed on insulin. I had to inject myself with insulin 30 minutes before eating and also had to make sure I had a bottle of coke around every time in case of fainting that can be caused by low sugar level because the insulin can crash the numbers too low. All these and more I did to mange the pregnancy with the hope of carrying my baby and I was progressing fine but unfortunately the unexpected happened. We lost him to some doctor’s carelessness. I never imagined going through that kind of pain again. I thank God who is ever faithful and never fails. He never abandoned me and didn’t allow me go into depression.
Soon after recovery, I joined my husband in the UAE and as God would have it, I was pregnant the next month. In fact I wasn’t expecting it so soon because the last one took over 2 years before I could conceive. This time things were different. The journey was smooth and free of all pregnancy related issues. In fact occasionally I took ice cream and would checked my sugar levels afterwards to find it normal. I wasn’t able to register for antenatal because my husband’s salary was delayed and I was already past the first trimester. Even though I had a blood pressure monitor which I used daily to check the blood pressure and a glucometer to check sugar levels, I still wanted to know how the baby was doing.
One evening I was coming back from house fellowship with my husband when my gaze fell on a handbill that was lying on the floor. A medical center close to us was offering discount on their services. I saw the amount for Consultation and Ultrasound which was what I really needed. I called the number on the handbill and booked for an appointment and truly it was discounted. I was very happy because it was affordable. I was already 17 weeks pregnant when i had my first Doctor’s appointment. I gave my previous medical report to the doctor who after going through it, asked why I didn’t register before then. After all said and done, I had an ultrasound and an anomaly scan. Thankfully the results showed baby and I were doing just fine. No traces of high blood pressure or sugar levels. Everything was normal.
I saw God’s hand through out my pregnancy. God truly wanted to take all the glory because I can’t really say any doctor monitored me. Well, the doctor told me to register in a hospital so I can be monitored closely till delivery but I still wasn’t able to register in a hospital. When i think over the whole process I believe God allowed me this opportunity at the medical center just to let my mind be at rest. I kept monitoring my health and did my best to eat well. Finally when I had the money to register in a hospital, the UAE government came up with a new law demanding everyone to be under an insurance and monthly fine (payment) for anyone that didn’t get one within the time frame. Now getting an insurance that will cover maternity was a challenge because 90% had minimum of 6 months waiting period. Using the money for registration to pay an insurance who won’t cover my delivery didn’t make sense to me especially when I wasn’t sure when the next pay would come as it was not regular. Antenatal and Delivery in UAE can be very expensive but all things the bible says works together for good so I kept searching and finally God connected us with one.
Getting the insurance policy took forever and I was almost due. Finally I got the policy and at this point I was already 37 weeks pregnant which was when I registered in a hospital and the doctor just didn’t understand why I would stay all through without being monitored closely. Several tests were done and all results came out normal. The Doctor said we would wait till 38 weeks gestation after which I would have to come in for delivery as she didn’t want to take chances. On the 31st of January, I was delivered of a bouncing baby boy. My heart was filled with joy. The bill was quite high and insurance covered it. I was well taken care of all through my stay. It was really beautiful. God saw me through the journey. He was with me. He helped me overcome all fears. He’s a perfect God and always on time. I give him all the glory and honour for his faithfulness. I’m grateful to him. I’ll forever praise him.